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Principal Backend Engineer

Crop Circle

world wide
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Industry: Technology
  • Post Date: 11/23/2022
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  • Company Address: , New Orleans, LA US

About Crop Circle

Crop Circle games is an independent distributed game studio founded by a community of industry veterans who believe games have the potential not only to entertain, but also to widen perspectives and make the world a better place. Reaching that potential requires building a singular studio of unique personalities and experiences to create a one-of-a-kind work culture.

Job Description

We are assembling a dream team of exceptional developers with a shared vision for a powerful new game built around the pillars of hope, humor, and human empowerment. We aim to create an industry phenomenon by leveraging our team's proven track record for building narrative-driven sandbox games that create strong emotional engagement through empathy, positivity, and community participation on a global scale.  Reaching that potential requires building a singular studio of unique personalities and experiences to create a one-of-a-kind work culture. We love quirks, we embrace oddities, and we trust that our world is extraordinary when it's a little off-beat and a lot unusual. We know the people we are looking for rarely exist in the same place, which is why we are a fully distributed team allowing everyone to work from their home base of choice.

Crop Circle Games is seeking a Principal Backend Engineer to help us develop the backend services at the heart of how players everywhere will experience our compelling world. If you enjoy the feeling of being an early member of a technical team working closely with talented peers to lay the online foundation of an exciting new IP, this might be an ideal job for you.

Reporting to the Technical Director, this role collaborates with disciplines across the entire project through all stages of development. You will work closely with our game design and engineering teams and our growing DevOps organization.

Core Responsibilities & Objectives

  • Work in a collaborative environment as part of a multi-disciplinary team to gather requirements, determine realistic delivery schedules, and architect scalable backend game services
  • Enable the studio to focus on making a game rather than infrastructure by researching SDKs and backend providers for player experience, game design alignment, live service sustainability, and business requirements
  • Empower gameplay engineers by developing accessible service endpoints in the game and supporting them in using the services you create
  • Partner with DevOps to deploy and operate game services
  • Identify and work within the constraints of backend SDKs, suggesting alternative design or implementation approaches towards that purpose

Core Traits (Skills, Knowledge, Experience)

  • Experience as a server engineer shipping and operating a live service online multiplayer game
  • Proficient with AWS, Azure, or GCP
  • Proficient in C++
  • Self-starter who can work with a high degree of autonomy to deliver services incrementally
  • Solid analytical problem-solving, debugging, and optimization skills
  • Able to write readable, maintainable code with an eye toward debuggability and extensibility
  • Empathetic and supportive collaborator across many disciplines and experience levels
  • Excellent spoken and written communication

Bonus Traits

  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • Experience with containerization such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with multiplayer gameplay programming and familiarity with gameplay networking architectures, challenges, and best practices

Physical Requirements

  • Close vision to monitors and screens, consistently working on computer equipment such as keyboards and monitors, lengthy periods of sitting
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions

Crop Circle Games is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition(s), national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances, or common human decency.